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Darbaker Prize in Phycology
Selection Committee - Annual Report

August 2003

Committee Composition Robert Bell, chair (2003)
3 members, 3 year terms, Debabish Bhattacharya (2004)
expiration year in parentheses Richard McCourt (2005)

The committee set a 06/01 nomination deadline. The award solicitation was distributed to BSA, Phycological Society of America, and International Phycological Society web pages and/or list servers in March. The chair received only one completed nomination packet by the deadline; copies of nomination materials were forwarded electronically to committee members. There was unanimous agreement that John C. (Jack) Meeks from the University of California-Davis met the award criteria of outstanding and meritorious work in the study of microscopic algae and he was named the recipient of the 2003 Darbaker Prize in Phycology. His nominated works were:

Hagen, K.D. and J.C. Meeks. 2001. The unique cyanobacterial protein OpcA is an allosteric effector of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase in Nostoc punctiforme ATCC 29133. J. Biol. Chem. 276: 11477-11486.

Meeks, J.C., and J. Elhai. Regulation of cellular differentiation in filamentous Cyanobacteria in free-living and plant-associated symbiotic growth states. Microbio. Mol. Biol. Rev. 66: 94-121.

Meeks, J.C., Campbell, E.L., Summers, M.L., and F.C. Wong. 2002. Cellular differentiation in the cyanobacterium Nostoc punctiforme. Arch. Microbiol. 178: 395-403.

Meeks, J.C., et al. 2001. An overview of the genome of Nostoc punctiforme, a multicellular, symbiotic cyanobacterium. Photosynthesis Res. 70: 85-106.

Wong, F.C.Y. and J.C. Meeks. 2002. Establishment of a functional symbiosis between the cyanobacterium Nostoc punctiforme and the bryophyte Anthoceros punctatus requires genes involved in nitrogen control and initiation of heterocyst differentiation. Microbiology 148: 315-323.

_____. 2001. The hetF gene product is essential to heterocyst differentiation and affects HetR function in the cyanobacterium Nostoc punctiforme. J. Bacteriol. 183: 2654-2661.

The committee followed a helpful general guideline provided by past chair L. Lewis. This guide has been passed on to incoming chair D. Bhattacharya. The outgoing chair thanks the members of the committee for their prompt responses, BSA Jennifer Richards for her help and patience, and BSA Treasurer Joe Armstrong for assistance with the award and it’s disbursement.

Submitted 13 August 2003

R. Bell

    1. Esau Award Committee (Geeta Bharathan)

    1. Karling Awards Committee (Javier Francisco-Ortega)

Karling Graduate Student Research Award Committee

Annual Report, 2003

Members of the committee:

Javier Francisco-Ortega (Chairperson),
Gene Mapes -
Kathleen Pryer -
Amy Litt -
James Quinn -
Susanne Renner -

Selection process:
We received 39 applications. We used e-mail as the main communication avenue to select candidates for this award.  Following the recommendations of the BSA office, we aimed to select 10 graduate students for this award. In order to make the process as transparent as possible the Chair person did not vote, but compiled the votes from the rest of the committee and coordinated communication among the committee members. After a first round of votes we finished with a short list of eleven potential candidates.  The Society funded all eleven. The eleven candidates are listed below:

Mario Blanco,
Kuo-Fang Chung,

Laurie Cosaul,
Laurelin Evanhoe,
Susan Grose,
Shawn Krosnick,

Jeffrey Morawetz,
Julieta Rosell,

Jackeline Salazar,
Tyler Smith,

Jay Walker

Important recommendation for the BSA:

We felt that the next edition of this award should have very clear guidelines about the BSA affiliation of the applicant and/or his major professor. The society should only receive applications from students who are members to the BSA, if the student is not a member then we feel that at least the major professor of the student should be a BSA member.

Respectfully submitted,

Javier Francisco-Ortega, Chair

Karling Graduate Student Research Awards Committee

    1. Merit Awards Committee (Chris Haufler)

Dear Dr. Richards:

Herewith is the report of the Merit Awards Committee for 2003.

The Merit Awards Committee (Drs. Lynn Bohs, Chris Campbell, Scott Russell [exofficio], and Christopher Haufler [Chair]) received and processed nominations. Committee members were excited to see such well developed documentation demonstrating the accomplishments of a group of clearly meritorious colleagues.

The Committee is pleased to recommend four names to be announced at the Annual Banquet for All Botanists.


Christopher Haufler


Merit Awards Committee

    1. Moseley Award Committee (Kathleen Pigg)

Maynard Moseley Award

Here are reports on the Maynard Moseley Award for the past two years:

The 2001 Maynard Moseley Award was presented to two individuals: from the Developmental and Structural Section: Maria Von Balthazar for her paper "Floral structure and phylogeny of Buxaceae" co-authored by Peter Endress and from the Paleobotanical Section Genero Hernandez-Castillo for "Evidence from compound pollen cones in Paleozoic conifers" coauthored by Gar Rothwell and Gene Mapes.

The 2002 Maynard Moseley Award went to Tatyana Livshultz, Cornell University for her presentation in the Developmental and Structural Section entitled: "Comparative morphology and development of staminal coronas in Dischidia (Asclepiadoideae, Apocynaceae)"

Respectfully submitted,

Kathleen B. Pigg

2003 Chair, Moseley Award

    1. Pelton Award Committee (Elliot Meyerowitz)

Jeannette Siron Pelton Award, 2003

The Jeannette Siron Pelton Award is made by the Conservation and Research Foundation of New London, CT through the Botanical Society of America for sustained and creative contributions in experimental plant morphology. BSA appoints the committee and gives the award at the annual meeting. Beginning in 1998, the awarding of the Pelton has included an invitation to provide a special address. The Pelton Award is made irregularly based on availability of funds and an appropriate candidate. For 2003, there were insufficient funds to make an award.

Respectfully submitted,

Elliot Meyerowitz, Chair

Darlene Southworth

Sarah Hake

C. Ad hoc Committees

    1. Search Committee for Editor-In-Chief, American Journal of Botany (Nancy Dengler)


American Journal of Botany Editor-in-Chief Search Committee

The search committee drafted an advertisement for this position which was published in the Plant Science Bulletin and posted on the BSA website. We also identified about 25 individual members of the Society whom we felt had the skills to serve as AJB Editor-in-Chief and invited them to apply for the position by sending a CV, a statement of their vision for the future of the American Journal of Botany, and a covering letter. We received replies from a modest number of these candidates and compared the strengths and weaknesses of these applications in two conference calls. In order to gain further information about editorial experience and resources at home institutions, we "interviewed two of the candidates by telephone. The search committee has made a recommendation to the Executive Committee, but the final selection has not been negotiated at this time.

Nancy Dengler, Chair

AJB EiC Search Committee

    1. Centennial Planning Committee (Judy Jernstedt) See Past President’s report.

D. Sections

    1. Bryological and Lichenological Section (Paula DePriest)

Bryological and Lichenological Section

2003 Annual Report

The Bryological and Lichenological Section (BLS) participated in two meetings in 2002. The BLS section was represented by a number of presentations and posters at the 2002 annual BSA Meeting in Madison, Wisconsin. Local representative Jim Bennett coordinated the presentation in a number of BSA sections. The sections also met with the American Bryological and Lichenological Society (ABLS) in Storrs, Connecticut in July 2002. The meeting included field trips, invited and contributed presentations, poster session and social event. At the ABLS meeting the A. J. Sharp Award, for the outstanding paper presented by a student, was given to Rebecca Yahr, for her presentation, “The structure of symbiotic communities: population-level patterns of association between lichen fungi and their algal photobionts” (coauthors were P. DePriest and R. Vilgalys). Co-honorable mention went to Linda Fuselier, for her presentation, “Growth and reproduction of Marchantia inflexa from single-sex and bi-sex populations”, and to Frank Bungartz, for his presentation, “Biologically-induced mineralization by the endolithic lichen Verrucaria rubrocincta Breuss in the Sonoran Desert” (coauthors were L. Gravie, T. Nash, & L. Knauth). The winner received a stipend of $500 and free membership to ABLS for a year. The runnerups received books on lichens and bryophytes donated to the society as well as a free membership to ABLS for a year.

In addition, awards for the outstanding papers published in The Bryologist in 2001 were presented at the meeting. The Tuckerman Award, given to the outstanding paper on lichenology, was awarded to Dianne Fahselt, Susan Madzia, and Vagn Alstrup, for their paper, “Scanning electron microscopy of invasive fungi in lichens.” Honorable mention was accorded to Christian Printzen, for his paper, “Corticolous and lignicolous species of Lecanora (Lecanoraceae, Lecanorales) with usnic or isousnic acid in the Sonoran Desert region.” The Sullivant Award, accorded to the outstanding paper in bryology, was given to D. Nicholas McLetchie and Alison Collins, for their paper, “Identification of DNA regions specific to the X and Y chromosomes in Sphaerocarpos texanus.” Honorable mention was accorded to Natalie Cleavitt, for her paper, “Disentangling moss species limitations: the role of physiologically based substrate specificity for six species occurring on substrates with varying pH and percent organic matter.” The winners of the Tuckerman and Sullivan Awards received a prize of $500.

In 2004 the section and ABLS will meet with BSA in Mobile and a number joint of activities are planned: the annual ABLS (and B&L Section) Breakfast, an A. J. Sharp student award competition for best paper, the ABLS and B&L Section mixer, and a one-day field trip to local bryological and lichenological collecting sites. The sections will sponsor a half-day symposium, “Sex and Individuality in Lichens,” which will be held Tuesday morning and will feature speakers from Austria, U.K., Canada and the United States. ABLS and BSA are supporting travel to the meeting for the non-US participants. Financial support for travel expenses associated with the symposium is requested from BSA

Respectfully submitted,

Paula DePriest

    1. Developmental and Structural Section (Pam Diggle)

Developmental and Structural Section Annual Report 2003

At the 2003 BSA meetings the Developmental and Structural Section will sponsor a full day symposium "Structural and functional adaptations of vascular plants to wetland ecosystems".  In addition, members of our section will participate in two contributed paper sessions and one poster session.

Topics of discussion at last year's business meeting included the development of a section web page, increasing student participation, and the distribution of section funds between student travel awards and symposia.  This year, we implemented a plan to host a competition for travel grants and this year the awards will go to K. Ryerson, H. Sevener, C. Mitchell, and W. Kelly.

Submitted by

Pamela Diggle, Chairperson

Developmental and Structural Section

    1. Ecology Section (Suzanne Koptur)

Ecological Section Report – 2003

Our section awarded checks for $150 to the winners of the Best Student Paper and Poster Awards at the Botany 2002 meetings in Madison.

R. Otfinowski (University of Western Ontario) won the best paper award for her presentation entitled “Gradients, patches, and microhabitats: Sand dune heterogeneity according to Pitcher’s thistle, and endangered species of the Great Lakes”. Elma Kay (St. Louis University) won the poster award for “Evolution of vertebrate pollination in Passiflora sp. Of the Greater Antilles”. Congratulations!

Thanks to judges Kathy Shea, Brenda Molino-Flores, Hudson DeYoe (posters); Diane Byers, Marty Lechowicz, Mark Schlessman (papers).

We received 35 contributed papers and 22 poster abstracts for the 2003 Mobile meetings, and Joe Colosi has organized these into 3 contributed papers sessions. Student papers have been placed in one session, to facilitate judging; this seemed to work well last year. We also scheduled the student papers long enough before the end to allow the judges some decision time!

Meeting participation in our section is lower than last year, apparently the lure of sultry summer weather was not enough for our largely temperate zone membership! We had 11 volunteers to judge papers, and more to chair sessions, and there are 11 student papers and 7 posters to be judged. Proportionally, volunteerism is alive and well in the Ecological Section.

This year our section is co-sponsoring only one symposium with six speakers (Transgenic Plants) and will present monetary awards and banquet tickets for best student presentations.

At our 2002 business meeting, we had a discussion of terms of office, the next elections, the benefits of staggering terms. Kathy Shea offered that previously the vice-chair became the chair, and there were shorter terms. Also the vice-chair organized a symposium, and was the “fiscal officer” (to better decide where our funds go). It was moved and seconded to change bylaws to have terms two years, with vice-chair becoming chair, and being fiscal officer. Since that time, conversation with Jim Quinn revealed that the current arrangement of three-year terms was to satisfy the BSA requirements of three-year commitments to the board. We will discuss these terms more this year, and put these potential changes to the section for a vote this coming fall, via e-mail, as business meeting attendance is not always representative of the entire section’s wishes.

We have a desire to have more of section history on our web page (past officers, major decisions, etc.) The chair will work with the new executive director to put these things on our section’s pages. Some members have communicated the desire to have the section take a more active role in environmental advocacy and linkages with other organizations. We will discuss these things at our business meeting this year and take some appropriate actions.

The Ecological Section now has a list-serve to promote the sharing of news, notices, and discussion of potential interest to members of the section. Please contact us with any ideas you have for ways in which the section can better serve the BSA.

Respectfully submitted,

Suzanne Koptur

    1. Economic Botany Section (David M. Spooner)
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